Financial Markets and the Global Economy
Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) as well as Chief Economic Advisor to President Trump (2017-18), Cohn offers on-the-nose insights into issues ranging from monetary policy to fiscal policy; trade to taxes. Substantive, shrewd, and humorous, he translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.
U.S. Politics and Economic Policy—Where Are We Going From Here?
A former Director of the National Economic Council and President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn has been in the room where it happened as economic policies have been crafted, succeeded or failed, for over two decades. From the 2008 global financial crisis to the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act he helped push through Congress while in the Trump Administration, Cohn has the insider’s account of the major economic developments of the last two decades and a deep understanding of how politics affects the economy and vice versa. As our political and economic landscape looks more uncertain than ever, Cohn decodes what we can expect with insight, clarity, and humor. Drawing on his experiences working within the Trump administration and crafting the policies that helped save Goldman Sachs during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Cohn paints an illuminating picture of where we’re going in the months and years to come.
Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, venture capital investor and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.
Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 until April 2018. As President Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the administration’s economic policy agenda and led the successful effort to grow the U.S. economy, create jobs and increase wages through historic tax and regulatory reform.
Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.
Mr. Cohn invests across the cybersecurity, block chain infrastructure and medical technology sectors. He serves on the boards of Abyrx, Hoyos Integrity, Indago, Machine Zone and Spring Labs and is the Chairman of the Board of Pallas Advisors.
Mr. Cohn has long been dedicated to advancing healthcare and education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health and serves on the Board of Overseers of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. In 2019 Mr. Cohn was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982